How many times have you been in a place in life, where all you knew to do was pray? There are situations that we face, where there are no clear answers, and your future is uncertain. Faith is the only way to make it through these times. Prayer is the key to facing the unknown and overcoming the fear. Prayer is vital to our existence. Having other people pray for you is extremely important as well. Sometimes, as humans, we don’t take prayer for others as serious as we should. We may overlook the value of how effective your prayers for someone else can be. In fact, we have all been guilty of overlooking, or bypassing a request from someone…for prayer. When people say to you, “I need prayer”, this is not just a fleeting comment. This is real, and many times…a call out in exasperation. People don’t commonly just ask for prayer for no particular reason. They have a need, a silent fear or doubt…and they need to know they are not alone. Yesterday, I came across several moments that made me realize this first hand. My husband and I are facing some serious unknowns in our business; as well as some other serious issues. In passing…I was asked the common question, “how are you?”. I answered honestly, because I honestly hoped I would be heard. I said, “I need prayer”. I counted four different times this happened, just yesterday. Not one time…did the people really “hear” me. I only bring this up…so that we can learn to listen more effectively. We are all busy, and we all have days packed filled with schedules and deadlines. However, we can all take just a few extra seconds in our day to listen to the hearts of others. If someone says to you, “I need prayer”, please simply ask them…”how can I pray for you?” It’s ok to add the comment, “I only have one minute, but I want to add your need to my prayers today.” God’s desire is that we will help one another. One of the most powerful things you can do for someone else, is to hear a second of their heart…and pray for them.
As you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:11
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. JAMES 5:16
God is with us.
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